Thursday, February 14, 2013

Governor Kasich to Deliver State of the State Address in Lima

Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

This coming Tuesday, Governor Kasich will deliver the traditional State of the State Address in Lima at the Veterans’ Memorial Civic Center. We are fortunate that Governor Kasich has selected this part of Ohio to highlight our job growth and the efforts of west central Ohio to get our economy moving again.

I look forward to welcoming the 132 members of the Ohio General Assembly to Lima, which I feel resembles an economic hub of the prosperous agricultural sector in the 84th House District. It includes all of Mercer County and portions of Auglaize, Darke and Shelby counties.

When you look around the state and study the jobless numbers it is apparent that west central Ohio is doing something right. Examine the local unemployment reports and you will find consistently during this economic downturn our people remained working.

Although there are still many people looking for work, our agricultural economy allowed the local people to take care of their own and entrepreneurs continue to provide job opportunities for the the hardworking people.

Governor Kasich’s trip provides a focus on the ability of Ohio’s agricultural sector to remain strong as the economy elsewhere struggles. We have witnessed an expansion of ethanol capabilities in our region, farm implement manufacturers have grown, and yields have increased. Our agricultural economy is strong here in west central Ohio and we must fight to maintain independence from over regulation which will maintain growth in this important industry.

During Governor Kasich’s speech, I expect he will address the key role played by industry in Lima and the surrounding area in Ohio’s economic recovery. He will also discuss his state budget proposal. Governor Kasich has outlined several key reforms that he would like to see passed in the biennial budget, which will come before the Ohio House for consideration in the coming weeks. Some of his proposals are hands down beneficial to the people of Ohio, but others need further consideration. I look forward to listening to the governor’s sales pitch for these proposals on Tuesday.

As members of the legislature consider the governor’s proposal, I encourage you to chime in and give me your opinion. The best way to do this is by completing an online budget survey at:

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